Another move that could affect the ongoing technological Cold War has been done when Canadian Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne made the announcement of Ottawa's "intention to prohibit the inclusion of Huawei and ZTE products and services in Canada's telecommunication systems."

Read more: Canada 5G Ban: An 'unfortunate political decision'

Once complete, Topaz will run from Vancouver to the small town of Port Alberni on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, and across the Pacific Ocean to the prefectures of Mie and Ibaraki in Japan. The cable will be ready for service in 2023, not only delivering low-latency access to Search, Gmail and YouTube, Google Cloud, and other Google services, but also increasing capacity to the region for a variety of network operators in both Japan and Canada.

Read more: Topaz: The first submarine fiber cable to connect Canada and Asia

Australia and Canada will look to further enhance ongoing joint efforts to combat unlawful telemarketing and spam under an agreement signed by the communications regulator of each country. 

Read more: Australia, Canada enhance joint efforts to combat unsolicited communications